someone's trying to tell me something ...
in brief: on saturday, a woman pulled out in front of me and I slam into the side of her SUV (messed up my shoulder); wednesday night, a girl runs a red light and we (in a car this time) broadside her.
1) so I'm going down this hill and I see an SUV poke its head out of a driveway; I start to brake a little. she proceeds to drive straight out and crosses two lanes to pass right in front of me (I'm hoping) but no, she actually STOPS IN FRONT OF ME and I have just enough time to see her reverse lights go on, preparatory to doing a 3point turn, before I slam left shoulder first into her right rear quarter panel. I can feel my head bounce off the vehicle before I slide to the ground. and yes, I was wearing a helmet; I'm guessing I was doing 18 mph or so at the moment of impact. so I crawl on my hands and knees to the side of the road and collapse onto a lawn. I'm having trouble breathing, I'm shaking, and I can't move my head to look around. the woman who was driving is out of the car at this point and sobbing and asking OhmygodareyouokayIdidn'tseeyouohmygod etc ad nauseum.
anyhow, long story short, EMS gets there and immobilises me, at the hospital, the Xrays come back with good news -- no broken bones, but I've got a dandy case of what they called soft tissue trauma. my doctor's got me scheduled for an MRI today because he suspects some sort of rotator cuff damage, and who knows what.
it was kinda funny, though, because the entire time, every time I was jostled in transit and pain shot through me, I started laughing almost uncontrollably. had to be all the endorphins and adrenaline. the EMT even asked me if I was "on something." I was cracking jokes the entire time; in Xray, I was singing those two sea chanties from that movie Jaws. extremely cute Xray techs at that hospital, by the way.
2) last night, driving to dinner, a 19 year old girl runs a red light and my friend couldn't avoid slamming into her. we're both going to need new bumpers and right front quarter panels at the very least. but this time, I didn't have a seat belt on because it hurts to put one on, so my head bounced off the windshield and now I have a pretty good lump on my head. no-one else was injured, though, which is good.
and now I'm loopy on vicodin and motrin 800 and flexoril (sp?). my LBS estimates the damage to my Bianchi Axis at around 500 dollars. fortunately, I work in the family business, so even though I feel like I can work, my mom and dad are telling me to stay home, which is nice.
any morals to the story, here? can't think of any. I couldn't possibly have been any safer in the first incident, I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing. just couldn't help it when she drove straight into my path and just stopped. the second time, everything happened at maybe 25 mph, so it was over pretty quickly.
well, maybe one thing: wear your seatbelt, folks! and have a good attorney.